Alfonso II built a basilica of admirable harmony in honour of San Julián and Basilisa.
With its construction being ordered by Alfonso II (791-842), it makes up a basilica floor plan temple, with triple header, three porticos, two side ones and the other located to the west. It has three naves, the centre one being wider and higher than the lateral ones, and a transept that stands out for its height, lit by a large opening on the southern side and separated from the central nave by an arch of triumph. The naves are separated by series of brick semicircular arcades over square section pillars.
The sculptural decoration is reduced to the internal arches of the main chancel, where eight reused Corinthian capitals are preserved, possibly from Visigoth times. These pieces show great technical perfection, being out of marble, probably originating from a workshop located in Tierra de Campos. Also, two marble plates decorated with hexagons and floral patterns reused as internal coating for the main chancel jambs stand out.
With its notable architectural value, the transcendental importance of Santuyano lies in the conservation of the internal pictorial decoration, unparalleled in Western Europe, due to its extension, degree of conservation and iconographic programme. The fresco technique, the geometric, vegetation and architectural patterns, together with the aniconic nature of the programme, take us back to the classic 1st century prototypes from Pompey and models from Ancient History. The majesty inside Santullano allows to value appropriately the cultural level reached in the court of Oviedo.
The building was also coated externally, covering the poor wall bond. The external rendering of these buildings has been adequately proved, giving a deceitful current image: an effort has to be made to imagine them rough-coated and fully painted. Nowadays, what must be considered is returning this architecture to its original aspect, particularly where internal paintings are kept, for protection and conservation reasons.
Oviedo/Uviéu entrance along A-66. Exit to the centre of Oviedo/Uviéu.
Tel.: 687 052 826 - 985 285 582 (parish priest).
1st October to 30th April:
Mondays to Saturdays, 10:00, 10:45 and 11:30 h. Closed, 1st and 6th January; 15th April; 1st November and 8th, 24th, 25th and 31st December.
1st May to 30th June:
Mondays, at 10:00, 10:45 and 11:30 h. Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 16:00, 16:45 and 17:30 h. Closed, 2nd May.
1st July to 30th September:
Mondays, at 10:00, 10:45, 11:30 and 12:15 h. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 16:00, 16:45 and 17:30 h. Saturdays, at 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 16:00, 16:45 and 17:30 h. Closed, 15th August and 8th and 21st September.
Sundays and Bank Holidays. Closed, 1st and 6th January; 15th April; 2nd May; 7th June; 15th August; 8th and 21st September; 1st November; and 8th, 24th, 25th and 31st December.
Adults: € 3
Children (7-12 years old): € 0.50
Groups: € 2 (arrange visit).
Note: As a Parish Church, the visit timetables may be subject to unexpected changes due to extraordinary celebrations.